(Recitative) Oh! didst thou know the pains of absent love, Acis would ne'er from Galatea rove. (Aria) As when the dove laments her love, all on the naked spray, when he returns, no more she mourns, but loves the live-long day. Billing, cooing, panting, wooing, melting murmurs fill the grove, melting murmurs lasting love.
- by John Gay (1685 - 1732) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759), "Oh, didst thou know", HWV 49a, from the opera Acis and Galatea [ sung text checked 1 time]
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